The other night I had dinner with my dad and he starts telling me this story about the Smithsonian Channel. And I’m all like, “What channel?”
Apparently, it’s a real TV channel. I guess the History Channel isn’t boring enough for some people.
So he tells me that he watched this program about migrating elephants.
And apparently in a herd of elephants, there is one female leader who all the other elephants follow.
During this documentary, there’s a tense, nail biting moment when the elephant leader decides to wade across a river that is filled with alligators and all the other elephants follow her. Her motivation is unknown. Thankfully, every elephant crosses safely. Then one of the elephants starts giving birth.
Now it’s unclear to me why this preggo elephant couldn’t give birth to her calf on the other side of the river but whatever, maybe her OBGYN only works one side.
So my dad tells me an adorable baby elephant is born. And all the other elephants delicately help the baby elephant to stand for the first time, gently using their feet (that sounds weird) to prop her up. It’s apparently a very beautiful moment. (The kind of moment that would make House Speaker John Boehner cry I’m absolutely sure.)
And the next morning, the baby elephant is dead.
And that is pretty much the end of my dad’s story.
Oh wait, he added a part about vultures waiting for the other elephants to abandon the dead one so they could feast. And with that, my dad said, “Good Night. I’ll see you tomorrow!”
So if you’re looking for an uplifting tale, my advice is to seek out this Smithsonian Channel or just give my dad a call.